Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday arrested Austin Umahi, younger brother to the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, alongside two others, Chinyere Egwuche and Mabel Dikibo for their alleged involvement in a N400 million 2015 campaign funds deal.
The three suspects, all staff of Brass Engineering & Construction Nigeria Limited and Osborn La-Palm Royal Resort, were arrested, following their refusal to collect and honour an invitation by the EFCC, for questioning in an ongoing investigation involving both companies.
Austin Umahi, is the current National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-East zone as well as the Chairman of both companies, while Chinyere Egwuche and Marbel Dikibo are also signatories to the companies’ accounts.
Investigations by the Commission revealed that the sum of N400 million was released by the Director of Finance, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, to PDP Ebonyi State, for the 2015 presidential election, but the said money was moved from Fidelity Bank, Abakaliki on March 27, 2015, where it was initially deposited, to an Access Bank Abakaliki account, where one Maxwell Umahi further moved N100 million and N300 million respectively into the accounts of Brass Engineering & Construction Nigeria Limited and Osborn La-Palm Royal Resort respectively.
One of the suspects, Chinyere Egwuche subsequently withdrew the N300 million paid into the account of Osborn La-Palm, which according to her, was used to finance further construction of Osborn La-Palm Hotels in Abakaliki, Uburu and Port-Harcourt, while the N100 million paid into the account of Brass Engineering & Construction Nigeria Limited was transferred to a certain David Umahi Faith Foundation.